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PART I
The text I’m going to analyze is headlined “Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr”. It is the speech of Robert F. Kennedy, a prominent democratic senator from New York, and it was delivered on the 4th of April in 1968. He spoke in Muncie in the afternoon. On the plane to Indianapolis, where he was to speak to the black community, he was told Martin Luther King, Jr. had been shot in Memphis. (Bart Peterson). This is an example of demographic level of influence because it is composed based on race, in this example black community. The opening sentences of the speech show that the author is going to present sad news –“ that the man who dedicated his life to struggling ...view middle of the document...

It’s clearly seen that the text has some peculiarities of oratorical speech. First of all, to attract the listeners’ attention and to show his respect the author uses addressing (ladies and gentlemen), with the help of pronoun ‘we’ he lets the audience know he associates himself with them, they all are in unity. From using by the author pronoun ‘I’ and providing an example from his own life we can learn that he is very personally involved in the situation. Also frequent use of gradation ‘bitterness, hatred, a desire for revenge’ ‘understanding, compassion and love’. I think that Kennedy did a good job with the speech. He related to the audience by giving examples of his brothers death. He pointed the importance of USA culture and the importance of being human first of all. He entered people’s heart and talked about love and wisdom that people should have. He also made it clear that violence should not exist among humans and then he balanced that by saying that should do their best to make it through this life.

1. Peterson, Bart. ROBERT F. KENNEDY ON DEATH OF MARTIN L. KING. 2005 Indiana Historical Bureau
2. Kennedy, Robert F. Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered 4 April 1968, Indianapolis, IN

PART II

1. I think that the demographic characteristic that I share with the audience...

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